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Fiction Ages 8-11
Pages: 144
Themes: Basketball
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/02/2002
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When Nick and Kia arrive for try-outs for the basketball team they played on the previous year, they are surprised to learn that their coach is retiring. The surprises continue when the new coach is introduced. Coach Barkley, a former college star known for his fierce desire to win, missed out on a pro career due to a serious injury. Though the coach has been away from the game for many years, his competitive instincts are as strong as ever and his aggressive coaching techniques are a new experience for these kids. Practices are long and hard and not nearly as much fun as they used to be.

Suddenly making the rep team no longer seems the sure thing that Nick and Kia expected when they came to try-outs. The new coach expects near perfection from the youngsters and does not deal well with anything less. This is hard on Nick and Kia, but especially difficult for the coach's son, L.B., who is also trying out for the team.

When the coach matches them up against a team of older players and then refuses to accept their loss, the kids begin to wonder if they even want to make this team. Nick, Kia and L.B. finally have to decide whether to play for a tyrant or to take a stand on principle and face the consequences.

Long Shot is the fourth of ten books in the Nick and Kia
basketball series.
Book one is Three on Three.
Book two is Full Court Press.
Book three is Hoop Crazy
Book five is Road Trip.
Book six is Off Season.
Book seven is Underdog.
Book eight is Triple Threat.
Book nine is Boot Camp.
Book ten is Home Team.


Best of the Best North of the 49th  | 2002 | Commended
CCBC Our Choice  | 2002 | Commended
Rocky Mountain Book Award  | 2003 | Winner


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